Blackmagic Cinema Camera - John Brawley


I wanted to see how the camera would perform in low light. Again, using the EF mount "R" series Leica lenses, I went for a walk down my local street just as we went towards dusk.

I was hand held, and I only had the 35mm F2 prime. I was still able to get some pretty amazing results. A lot of people think you need super high ISO for low light, and to some degree that's true, but you still also want high dynamic Rrange. At night time, you still want things to actually feel like it's dark, and you also often have lights on in shot. This means you have very high contrast.

There are also some IRIS pulls done in camera. I was trying to get my head around the exposure range of the camera. I chose an exposure that gave me the best setting in terms of DR, and then applied that grade to the entire clip so you can see how it performs as you over or under-expose the camera.

Most of these were shot at 320 ISO, F2 at 24 FPS with a 172.8deg shutter. There are a few clips at the end that are ISO800, but the noise is till very very good.